“As the southernmost of the Greek islands, Crete is also the hottest. April makes a great shoulder season with the mercury rising amiably before summer’s sweltering peak. Take advantage of thinner crowds with lazy days on blockbuster beaches. Note that the further south you go, the more likely you’ll find a truer Crete, unbothered by resorts. Spectacular, rugged mountain drives thread through lazy villages, where tavernas typically produce their own meat, cheese and wine. You can bet on a few free rounds of house raki after the meal, too. Better plan on staying the night.
Where to stay: We have plenty of recommendations for the best Greek Island hotels, but for Crete, we like the Blue Palace Resort a in Elounda”